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An iconic Indian artist with international acclaim, Akbar Padamsee is one of the trailblazers of Modern Indian painting. Throughout his career, Padamsee has steered away from categorization, and created a body of work that is fiercely experimental and individualistic. While the revered artist is primarily known as a painter, he has embraced several mediums such as sculpting, plastic emulsion, printmaking, photography, computer graphics and film making.
Padamsee is often referred to as the 'intellectual artist', with several noteworthy accolades that include being honoured with the Padma Bhushan, Kalidas Samman, a gold medal from Lalit Kala Academy and Fellowship from the J.D. Rockefeller Foundation.
Born in 1928 into a traditional Khoja Muslim family from the Kutch region of Gujarat, Akbar pursued his diploma from Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. Here, he became associated with the Progressive Artists Group (PAG) which included maestros such as S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza and M.F Husain. Padamsee left for Paris in 1951, where he was introduced to surrealist Stanley Hayter, who became his mentor. Padamsee stayed and worked there till 1967, before returning to India.
Akbar Padamsee's art is often interlaced with science. He is most celebrated for his depictions of Metascapes and mirror images, and the figures and heads, which he alternates between.
Today, Padamsee’s paintings are highly valued, with the 'Reclining Nude' being sold for USD $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, in 2010, and ‘Greek Landscape (1960)’, a seminal painting from his gray series, selling for Rs. 19.19 crores or $2.9 million at a Saffronart auction in September 2016!
Limited Edition Prints are a series of identical prints of an artwork, commissioned by the artist. Restricted to a one-time printing of a certain number of pieces, each print is numbered and signed by the artist, establishing its’ authenticity.
Because the number of prints is limited, signed prints of acclaimed artists hold value, and can be investment-worthy, just like original works of art. Christie’s and Sotheby’s – the world’s two most renowned auction houses – hold auctions exclusively for prints. A Pablo Picasso print sold for US$1.7 million in 2010!
There are different techniques in printmaking, including offset printing, digital printing, lithography and serigraphy. Serigraphy, or silk screen printing is considered one of the most sophisticated techniques. In this process, thick, opaque colours are passed through the screen, creating prints with vibrant colours and beautiful textures, that make the artwork look just like a painting.
Works by any artist are limited, and prints are a fantastic way for acclaimed artists, to make their art available to a larger number of people. This makes limited edition prints popular amongst new art buyers as well as seasoned art collectors.
|Medium:||Serigraph on Paper|
|Size:||29.5 x 20.5 inches|
|Provenance:||From the Artist|
|Edition:||Edition of 45|
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